Three members of the Fort Worth ISD school board spent the last half of 2022 building up their coffers for their expected re-election campaigns.
Trustees CJ Evans, Anne Darr and Tobi Jackson — whose seats are up in the May 6 election — and trustee Anael Luebanos raised at least $2,000 each from July 1 to Dec. 31, according to semiannual campaign finance reports released in mid-January. Trustee Quinton “Q” Phillips’ seat is slated for the upcoming election, too.
Overall, incumbent school board members raised a combined $21,869 and spent $17,729.
Darr raised $6,038 — the most of any of the nine school board members. Her largest donation was $2,000 from Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, a law firm based in Austin with offices across Texas and the nation.
Linebarger also donated $2,000 each to trustee Michael Ryan and Luebanos and $1,500 to trustee Wallace Bridges. In the first half of 2022, Linebarger donated $2,000 each to Evans, Jackson and trustee Camille Rodriguez.
Linebarger collects delinquent property taxes for the district. The law firm won a five-year contract in 2016, and extended it for three more years in January 2021.
Darr spent $4,062 during the last six months of 2022, and has $6,139 in cash on hand. First elected in 2019, Darr represents District 6, which covers parts of the Texas Christian University area and extends south past Sycamore School Road.
Jackson, currently the board president, raised $5,320. Her largest donation was $5,000 from Fort Worth resident Cam Sadler.
Jackson loaned herself $25,000, according to her campaign finance report. She has nearly $33,741 in cash on hand. Jackson represents District 2, which covers parts of east Fort Worth, and has been on the board since 2010.
Evans raised $2,825 and spent $2,032. Evans, a first-term trustee, filed for re-election on Jan. 18.
“It has been an honor to serve Fort Worth as school board trustee these past four years,” Evans said in a Facebook post. “Today I filed for re-election and commit to continue to focus on improving our elementary reading and middle school math scores.”
Evans represents District 5, which covers some of the most western parts of Fort Worth ISD.
Phillips, also up for election, did not raise any funds in the last half of 2022. He has $2,249 in his campaign’s savings account. Phillips represents District 3, which includes Stop Six and the most eastern parts of Fort Worth ISD.
Editor’s note: This story was updated Jan. 20, 2023, to include the semiannual campaign finance report covering the last half of 2022 from trustee Anael Luebanos. His report was included in a single document with an amendment to his July report.
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